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What Type of Water Heater Is Right for You?

The water heater olympics are upon us, and if you’re in the market for a water heater that’s right for you, you’re going to want to pay attention to the winner of this competition. Today, we’ll be comparing the two most common and powerful water heaters in our area—the conventional tank water heater and the unconventional tankless water heater.

Do you have questions about these kinds of water heaters? Or perhaps you’d like to know more details about how they work? Don’t worry, we’re going to spill the beans about the specifics behind these two water heating systems. Water heaters in Bloomington need to be powerful and efficient in order to make homeowners happy, and we aim to leave you a little more informed by the end of this blog post.

So, let the games begin!

The Cast for a Conventional Heater

Contrary to what you might think, it’s not that hard to make a case for a tank water heater. After all, there’s a reason why these systems are the most common in the United States. They’re an old idea that’s been perfected to be as effective and efficient as possible. This works so well that so many homeowners don’t even know what kind of water heater they have because they get the required amount of hot water regularly without any complaints!

Conventional tank water heaters are also affordable. They’re not only more affordable than tankless water heaters, they’re more affordable than any type of water heater on the market. From heat pump water heaters to gas-powered tankless water heaters, they’re just some of the cheapest models on the market. As far as initial price goes, you really get your bang for your buck when you purchase the professional installation of a tank water heater.

Tankless Water Heating: An Advanced Solution

Tankless systems haven’t been around that long, but they’re already much more advanced than their tank water heating counterparts. Tankless water heaters might seem like magic, since they can instantly heat the water you need—but it really does boil down to a clear scientific explanation. By using powerful gas burners, a tankless water heater can heat water “on-demand” when you turn the handle on your faucet. This means you’re getting instant hot water that comes right from your appliance in a matter of seconds.

This hot water doesn’t go away either. For as long as your hot water valve is on, and the gas and water are flowing, you have access to hot water for as long as you’d like. This is in stark contrast to a tank water heater that only has enough hot water that comes from the tank. Not only that, but you don’t have to pay for the residual heating costs that tank water heaters use when they keep the tank warm. This is known as standby heat loss and it’s just a waste that tankless water heaters avoid entirely. While they might be more expensive than more conventional water heaters, they make up for the cost in efficiency and convenience!

Pipeworks Inc. can get you hooked up with a water heater that’s right for you. Call us today!

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